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Our son, Sean has taken over most of the stands at Fairs, Shows and World Textile Days. He will be around and about the country and may well be joined by one or other of us too.

23 Mar 2024: World Textile Day South - East
Show
East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Ave, East Horsley, Leatherhead KT24 6QT
Sat 23 Mar 2024, 10 - 4 pm

Save the date!

A wonderful day in Surrey with a great group of experienced and renowned traders in textiles both traditional and contemporary from all over the world.

Talk at 11 am from John Gillow - well known collector, trader and author of many world textile books.

Free entry and a small fee for the talk (optional)

Bring along any world textiles you have for sale or for a reliable valuation. Or come shopping for a great piece of decor or something truly exceptional to wear.

More detials from Martin Conlon who organises this Day - slowloris.textiles@gmail.com

17 Apr 2024: Chester Patchwork and Quilters
Talk
A journey through south east Asia showing fabulous textiles and the vital role they play in the lives of those who make, use and wear them.
Upton Village Hall, Upton, Chester CH2 1HX
Wed 17 Apr 2024, 7.30 pm

 

Come on a journey from Guizhou and Yunnan in south western China all the way through Laos, Thailand, Java and the islands as far as the island of Sumba In Indonesai. On the way you can admire the wonderful variety of techniques used to make hand made textiles and beautiful garments which show the identity of the women who make, use and wear them.

Embroidery, applique and dyeing with natural dyes, fine brocade weaving,  ikat (both weft and warp)  batik and the production of hemp and silk fabrics are all still much in evidence in these areas rich in textile heritage. 

20 Apr 2024: World Textile Day East
Show
Mundford Village Hall, Mundford, Norfolk IP26 5DW
Sat 20 Apr 2024, 10 - 4 pm

Always a great day out with specialist traders, great refreshments and talks in the morning and afternoon.

Plentiful free parking and free entry.

At 11 am we have a talk by Gaynor Williams

Textile Animal Trappings – Celebration and Endurance

All details are on our website www.worldtextileday.co.uk

 

 

 

 

27 Apr 2024 to 28 Apr 2024: Wonderwool
Show
The Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells. Mid Wales
Sat 27 Apr 2024 to Sun 28 Apr 2024, Saturday 10 - 5.30pm Sunday 10 - 4.30pm

We will be back from our winter buying trip with all kinds of tempting new textiles, fabrics, clothes and our wonderful earring board and bead tray.

So find us on our usual stand at this great show - a must for anyone who loves textiles and especially things woolley!

(Great food is always available at this show too)

Diane will be looking after the stand on her own on Saturday and would love a chance of a quick break if anyone wants to help out! 

All the info on booking tickets etc is HERE

28 Apr 2024: The Antique Textile and Vintage Fair
Show
The Armitage Centre, Moseley Rd, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6PA
Sun 28 Apr 2024

This always popular annual event is run by the Textile Society. There are loads of fascinating stalls with vintage and period clothes and textiles from Europe to world textiles from just about anywhere. 

Jim will be there with his fantastic array of vintage textiles collected over many decades.

More details are here 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 May 2024: World Textile Day North
Show
Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire WA6 7QN
Sat 11 May 2024, 10 - 4 pm

 

Always a great day out with specialist traders, great refreshments and talks in the morning and afternoon.

Plentiful free parking at this very easily accessible venue.

Free entry with just a small fee for the talks at 11 am and 2 pm (optional)

All details are on our website www.worldtextileday.co.uk

1 Jun 2024: World Textile Day Scotland
Show
Bridge of Allan Parish Hall, Bridge of Allan, Stirling, Scotland FK9 4NW
Sat 1 Jun 2024, 10 - 4 pm

Yes we've got ourselves a date in Scotland.

We were thinking 2023 might be the final one but we all enjoyed it so much that we have booked it again.

And I'm looking forward to returning already.

This is always a great day out with specialist traders, great refreshments and talks in the morning and afternoon.

Free parking near the venue (and close to the railway station too) and free entry.

All the details are on our website www.worldtextileday.co.uk

 

 

7 Jun 2024 to 8 Jun 2024: Threads Textile Festival
Show
SunnyBank Mill. Leeds
Fri 7 Jun 2024 to Sat 8 Jun 2024

This is a brand new Festival for us (and only in its second year)

Held at the wonderful Sunnybank Textile Mill in Leeds (venue for the Great Bristish Sewing Bee)

Lots of fabulous stalls with makers and sellers of unique textiles.

 

 

 

8 Jun 2024 to 9 Jun 2024: Hellen's Manor Garden Festival
Show
Hellen's Manor, Much Marcle, Ledbury HR8 2LY
Sat 8 Jun 2024 to Sun 9 Jun 2024, 10 - 4 pm

A wonderful weekend in the grounds of this amazing Manor House in the heart of Herefordshire. All kinds of home made and hand made crafts including Textile Traders in our own gazebo.

Great food too!

Come and take a look at all the wonderful things we have sent back from Thailand and Indonesia over the winter buying trip.

More details here

10 Jul 2024 to 11 Jul 2024: World Textile Bazaar
Show
Hellen's Manor, Much Marcle, Ledbury HR8 2LY
Wed 10 Jul 2024 to Thu 11 Jul 2024, 10 - 4 pm

Another chance to spend a couple of summer days in the grounds of this wonderful Manor House in deepest Herefordshire - Gloucestershire.

More details are here 

7 Sep 2024: World Textile Day Wales
Show
Minerva Centre Great Oak Street, Llanidloes, Mid Wales SY18 6BY
Sat 7 Sep 2024, 10 - 4 pm

Always a great day out with specialist traders, great refreshments and talks in the morning and afternoon.

Plentiful free parking nearby and free entry.

Save the date for 2024....more details as soon as we have them will be on our website

 

 

 

 

 

5 Oct 2024: World Textile Day West
Show
Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road Saltford Bristol BS31 3BY
Sat 5 Oct 2024, 10 - 4 pm

Always a great day out with specialist traders, great refreshments and talks in the morning and afternoon.

Plentiful free parking nearby and free entry. This great venue is also very accessible by bus from both Bristol and Bath.

All details as soon as we have them will be on our website 

STOP PRESS: 11 am Our special guest speaker will be Fiona Kerlogue former curator of Asian Anthropology at The Horniman Museum in London and the author of several books on Asian textiles.

23 Oct 2024: Ledbury Quilters
Talk
Beautiful batik textiles from Java. You will never look at batik in the same way again!
Ledbury Rugby Club, Ross Road, Ledbury HR8 2LP
Wed 23 Oct 2024, 7.30 pm

   

The people of Java produce the finest batik in the world, and yet most of the makers are poor and their stories remain untold.

The traditions of making this unique fabric by waxing and dyeing are centuries old and carefully passed on from mother to daughter.

You will be amazed at the patience and expert skills which are needed to make these beautiful cloths and fascinated by the stories and the people behind them.